Showing posts from August, 2016

3 Ingredient Vegan & Gluten Free Pancakes

3 Ingredient Vegan & Gluten Free Pancakes
* 1 cup oatmeal
*1 cup dairy-free milk of your choice
*1 ripe banana
*Cinnamon and ginger of your choice (I added some nutmeg as well)

Place all ingredients into a blender and zoom - blend until smooth.
I made small little pancakes and let them sit on a non-stick skillet for 2-minutes each side.

Topping ideas: honey, nut butter, maple syrup, jam / jelly, fruit, chia seeds, etc.

I decided to rock some elderberry jam on these babies. elderberry is well known for its healing properties.

My next project will be oatmeal banana zucchini pancakes - I will keep you posted on my progress!

Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo, Secaucus, NJ 10/15-10/162016

It's that time of year again! Come out and join me at the Great Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo is Secaucus, NJ!

For those of you that have attended gluten free or allergy free expos in the past, I can personally guarantee you they are nothing compared to this year's event in Secaucus, NJ.

The number of exhibitors alone is enough to bring you out - but then add in free samples and discounts and it is a win-win situation!

A couple of vendor on my excitement list are:
1. Hu Kitchen
2. M Superfoods
3. Sweet Note Bakery

A couple of the presentations / classes that I am also excited for:
1. Jenna Drew's essential oils
2. Kim Koeller's eating out gluten and allergy free

To register for the event, simply click here.
With the attached link you will be eligible for the following discounts:
30% off  w/ code EARLYBIRD (thru 9/14)
20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 10/14)

In addition, I will be raffling off a couple free tickets.  Please leave a comment below to become eligible for t…

Zucchini Noodle Lettuce Wraps

When you are in a rush and you need a quick meal, these zucchini noodle lettuce wraps are a perfect meal!

Simply take the zucchini noodle recipe of choice and wrap it into some fresh lettuce. I used butterhead lettuce and added some seaweed (dulse) and grape tomatoes.

You can add some additional sauce, spices, whatever makes your heart content.
Enjoy and have fun with your foods!

Vegan & Gluten Free Zucchini Noodle Mac-N-CHEEZE

With summer harvest over-crowding my fridge - I have started to get a bit more creative on my dishes.
For lunch this week, I am rocking something that I have been craving for some time now, mac and cheese. I am putting a healthy, Nicole-Friendly spin on it! 
I took a couple yellow squash and spiralized them to create noodles.  I tossed in a little lemon juice to keep them fresh and sprinkled some fresh cilantro and Ajwain Seed (good for digestion and bowel issues). 
Then, as I usually do, I just started tossing items into my Vitamix.  *Zucchini (deskinned), Cilantro, Dairy-Free Milk, Carrots, Garlic, Mustard, Mustard Seeds, Tumeric.... Basically, whatever I could find that sounded like it might mix well. 
I left the Vitamix on the highest setting for a good 5-minutes to get a nice creamy texture. When I removed the lid and took a whiff, YUM! I can't wait to serve this over my squash noodles!

What's the verdict on taste and texture?

Texture - I want to make this a bit thicker - ma…

The Birch Tree Cafe & Good Earth Market

On my recent runaway trip - I ran into a big of a snag of trying to find food and I was even willing to verge-out into the meat world and forgo some of my other food sensitivities and I have to say, I am so freaking disappointed with the world and how hard it is to eat a decent, healthy meal! This is not only scary to me but makes me almost sick to my stomach how okay the world is with what is currently offered to them. Maybe it is not that they are okay with it, but perhaps it is that they are ignorant to the facts....

Anyhow, with all the dilemma of trying to find a place that was not pizza, fast food, or a sandwich - Mia and I had to drive a good 30+ minutes out of our way and we were famished by the time we even found this place. I actually remember us both looking at one another and saying, will we even make it until we get to our destination or will we pass out? Good thing we had some snacks packed with us.

When we finally arrived at Good Earth Lane - the immediate response was,…

Camping Adventures

Sometimes, well, to be blunt, I avoid social opportunities because I am afraid to be removed from my routine. It's sad and upsetting, I know - but it is a part of my healing process and as I have noted a number of times in the past, my routine has become my "safety blanket".

My twin and I decided to take our sister trip and due to some crazy schedules this year, we tossed it together last minute. I decided to roll with it and just go wherever the wind would take us.

Mia has always enjoyed two things in life - horses and beaches. So when I remembered Assateague Island offered the opportunity to camp on the beach where the wild horses roam - I knew this is where we needed to go.

We got lucky enough that last minute we were able to get a reservation but unfortunately, we could only get one night. I said, oh well, we will find something else - let's just go!

Since I was taking off work and doing so last minute, I didn't have a real opportunity to pack so I tossed thi…

How Kitchari has become a way for me to create family

I'm still on this healing journey and I spend many of days feeling sorry and low about myself and the world around me. Some days I live in constant fear: fear of people, fear something bad will happen, fear someone or something will be taken from me - fear I left the oven, lights, washer, etc on...

Other days I am able to pull myself from this black cloud (or what I refer to as my Eeyore days) and realize that it is all okay. I am in a healing process and I just don't have room for others to love me (family, friends, significant other) until I love myself.

I'm focused on diet and exercise as well as mind and body.

I have found myself a place that I call home.
I have found myself a way to engage more and enjoy work more.

I need to learn to embrace all my "failures" and health struggles so that I can heal.

I watch other people, I am a big people watcher, and I wonder how do they do this thing called "life"? What is life? What is it like to surrender your…